Boca Raton settles wrongful arrest la...

Boca Raton settles wrongful arrest lawsuit for $100,000

There are 50 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 5, 2008, titled Boca Raton settles wrongful arrest lawsuit for $100,000. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

City Council members recently settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay $100,000 to a man who said he lost his job, dignity and standing in the community after police wrongfully arrested him.

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tell it like it is

Lake Worth, FL

#1 Aug 5, 2008
Ridiculious....of course the Scum Sentinal does not report everything. What was the probable cause for the arrest? If the victim id'd this guy what else are the police supposed to do??? If her ID is questionable than that is the job of the SAO to determine if the subject will be prosecuted. The Boca commission should be ashamed of themselves. And what if there were no fingerprints found of the guy. Does that mean he did not do it. No, just means that they did not find prints. No wonder these people keep getting out and the police dont' want to arrest the bad guys anymore. Its stupid things like this case.
hazmat

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Aug 5, 2008
An outrage. Hard to believe.

Didn't this detective ever watch Law and Order, or CSI?

A 12 year old could have done a better job of detecting. Seems clear that the City should be suing the cop for nonperformance.
All we are

Lake Worth, FL

#3 Aug 5, 2008
tell it like it is wrote:
Ridiculious....of course the Scum Sentinal does not report everything. What was the probable cause for the arrest? If the victim id'd this guy what else are the police supposed to do??? If her ID is questionable than that is the job of the SAO to determine if the subject will be prosecuted. The Boca commission should be ashamed of themselves. And what if there were no fingerprints found of the guy. Does that mean he did not do it. No, just means that they did not find prints. No wonder these people keep getting out and the police dont' want to arrest the bad guys anymore. Its stupid things like this case.
The tax payer looses again....

Praise Jesus
rukidding

Dothan, AL

#4 Aug 5, 2008
As usual, the entire story and history of those involved is not being told by the scum sentinel.
Makes for good reading though, or so they think
Chack

New York, NY

#5 Aug 5, 2008
All we are wrote:
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The tax payer looses again....
Praise Jesus
What the hell does Jesus have to do with this?
Separation of Church and state !
I am so tired of EVERYTHING being derived from this religious dogma. Get over it . Not everything is attributable to Jesus or the church.
News Watch

AOL

#7 Aug 5, 2008
Sweeting and C. Ron Allen, together again to trash Boca. How sweet. It is no surprise the Sun Sentinel continues to demonstrate no journalistic integrity. Always trolling for scum. What bottom feeders.

The case was so bad the State actually took it to trial. As previously mentioned, where's the rest of the story?
Hmmm

Miami, FL

#8 Aug 5, 2008
Chack wrote:
<quoted text>
What the hell does Jesus have to do with this?
Separation of Church and state !
I am so tired of EVERYTHING being derived from this religious dogma. Get over it . Not everything is attributable to Jesus or the church.
Someone forgot their happy pills this morning...hmmmm....
double standard

AOL

#9 Aug 5, 2008
tell it like it is wrote:
Ridiculious....of course the Scum Sentinal does not report everything. What was the probable cause for the arrest? If the victim id'd this guy what else are the police supposed to do??? If her ID is questionable than that is the job of the SAO to determine if the subject will be prosecuted. The Boca commission should be ashamed of themselves. And what if there were no fingerprints found of the guy. Does that mean he did not do it. No, just means that they did not find prints. No wonder these people keep getting out and the police dont' want to arrest the bad guys anymore. Its stupid things like this case.
You sound like a cop...if so that is unfortunate.Just who are "these people" as you describe? I suspect if this person was one of your family members you would view things differently. And maybe you should read the case before you make such judgements....it is all public record.

It is your ignorance (people/cops) like you that cost the taxpayers in such cases. Until you have been victimized by the system you will never have a clue what it must feel like.....but I suspect you don't really care....
Marcus

New Orleans, LA

#10 Aug 5, 2008
what are these cops taught at the "academy"? Donut eating 101?

time after time we hear about another police screw-up. It's time someone set real standards for cops. Stop hiring any sad sack who fills out the application and find some intelligent people.
Reality

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Aug 5, 2008
Marcus wrote:
what are these cops taught at the "academy"? Donut eating 101?
time after time we hear about another police screw-up. It's time someone set real standards for cops. Stop hiring any sad sack who fills out the application and find some intelligent people.
Well you get what you pay for... For an average $42,200 a year that's not much. You could not afford to buy a home on that salary. Sad but true. They get shot at... Spit at. Punched..Swore up and down at.. Wrestling with HIV people, Hep B people. TB people, Nut cases.. All for an easy $42,000. You must be crazy to insult a cop for what they do for the little money they make. I sit here in my office making 3 times that, with almost zero risk of dying every day. Think about it.
Phil

AOL

#12 Aug 5, 2008
This is one weird story. Why did they arrest this guy? Did that police dog bark at him perhaps? How can a police dog find an armed robber, unless it is in an isolated area where no other humans are, or they have a piece of clothing? Or was the dog irrelevant, and the writer of this story decided to mention it to confuse me?
Gangbusters

AOL

#14 Aug 5, 2008
The expert witness in the case was Phil Sweeting? Are you kidding me? The same scumbag ex Boca Raton Deputy Chief who was whacked by Andy Scott for cooking the books on crime stats? The same Phil Sweeting who NO agency will hire as their next Chief? Who did the cross examination on this turd? He should have been run out of the courtroom. He's a complete sham.
Tsunami

Boynton Beach, FL

#17 Aug 5, 2008
Two thumbs up for Doug Bates!! Keep up the great work that you do for people like Richard Sakharoff !
Sixx

Miami, FL

#18 Aug 5, 2008
He should get a few million
FUNNY THING

Boca Raton, FL

#20 Aug 5, 2008
Isn't it funny Phil Sweeting was the Deputy Chief of Police when this incident occurred, but he claims no knowledge of this incident. Maybe he should have written the letter instead of the current Chief who was not involved at all. Turnbill is a shotty investigator and should be disciplined, I agree.....but Sweeting just made a mockery of the criminal justice system, and got paid handsomely for it.
joe

Pompano Beach, FL

#21 Aug 5, 2008
$100.000 for losing his house and job! This guys Lawyer should pay him another $500.000. A sad case indeed. Watch out when you are pulled over for any reason, make sure all your ducks are in a row and have a bit of cash to lawyer up if need be, and it still may not be enough.
An American

AOL

#22 Aug 5, 2008
Marcus wrote:
what are these cops taught at the "academy"? Donut eating 101?
time after time we hear about another police screw-up. It's time someone set real standards for cops. Stop hiring any sad sack who fills out the application and find some intelligent people.
Let's support the police....they do get it right most of the time.....you strap a gun on every day and risk your life.....and think about it if you ever need to call 911....
Police Chief Wigham

Atlanta, GA

#23 Aug 5, 2008
Shoot first ask questions later. That's my motto!
MadAsHell

AOL

#24 Aug 5, 2008
The case is worth far more than the amount settled. In my study I have found that the Boca Police Dept. has a maximum liability of
of $100,000 for an instance such as this. Sakharoff could have taken it to court. The jury may have ruled in his favor, however any amount over $100,000, would have gone to the state legislative. That could have taken another 7 years! Let us say for example,... a ruling in Sakharoff's favor for even...$1 Million Dollars would be only on a "piece of paper" and he could have waited for may years to follow, not knowing of the State of Florida's stand in making the award he deserved.
In closing, The "APOLOGY" was necessary to make up for larger dollar award which Mr. Sakharoff should have received for damages. The Boca Raton Police Department was definately guilty of taking away this man's freedom and livelihood!
MadAsHell

AOL

#25 Aug 5, 2008
mee wrote:
more MORON cops. Scary to think they have that much power.
I second that. The cops do what they can to take care of there own. They do have serious power, and are scared to admit their mistakes.

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